Kresge Foundation Emerging Leaders in Public Health

The Kresge Foundation has announced the 40 public health leaders who will work to transform the role of local public health departments in their communities as part of the second cohort of the Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative. During the 18-month program, the leaders will participate in an action-oriented program focused on the design and implementation of a transformative concept that shifts or expands the role of their local department. Each team will receive a resource grant as well as coaching and technical assistance to evolve their ideas into action. NCIPH is serving as the National Program Office for this program. Read more about the cohort on Kresge’s website.

Connecting Public Health and Food Sector Collaborators: Reducing Sodium in Food Service Settings

April 5, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST
Featuring NCIPH’s John W. Graham, this Web Forum will share research findings on the strategies and promising practices for implementing healthy food guidelines in hospital and federal worksite cafeterias. Read more.

Public Health Surveying – Right at Your Door

Community health assessments are invaluable for mapping and analyzing public health needs across a population. NICPH’s Collect Smart technology utilizes Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER), a tool that produces the best results in emergency data collection as well as routine CHAs. What’s the secret? Whereas other methods utilize phone calls or online surveys, our strategy calls for direct door-to-door surveying. Read more.

NCIPH Work Featured at State Conference

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health was well-represented at the annual State Health Director’s Conference, with five staff members leading sessions and five more attending and facilitating our exhibitor’s booth. Read more.

NCIPH Launches Pilot of New Tool to Map Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health: a big phrase describing the daily fabric of your life. Your place of residence, mode of play, workplace, and worship habits may not seem health-related, but in fact these “upstream” factors not only influence overall quality of life, but also have a significant influence on population health outcomes. Read more.

School Nurse Conference encourages inclusion, diversity, professional excellence

The annual School Nurse Conference, held Oct 12-14 in Greensboro, NC, brought over 500 participants from across North Carolina to participate in plenary sessions, breakout workshops, and networking opportunities. The conference has been organized annually by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health and is the largest conference targeted to school nurses in North Carolina. Read more.

Read the December issue of IMPACT, NCIPH’s quarterly newsletter.

Celebrating a successful year and looking forward to new developments in 2017. Read more.

Avia Mainor teaching Evidence in Action for American Cancer Society staff in Atlanta.

Avia Mainor teaching Evidence in Action for American Cancer Society staff in Atlanta.

Putting evidence in action for cancer prevention and control

NCIPH training staff Avia Mainor and Kasey Decosimo assisted in the coordination and delivery of Evidence in Action, a train-the-trainer pilot adapted for the American Cancer Society.  Read more.

Public Health Law Training Series

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health in collaboration with the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill recently developed a NC Public Health Law online training series, which includes three interactive modules for public health practitioners in North Carolina on the most up-to-date information about bloodborne pathogens, isolation and quarantine, and communicable disease control law. Support for this free training series was provided through the CDC-funded UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center. The School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill also hosts a blog that provides updated information about a broad range of legal issues affecting local governments and other public agencies in North Carolina, including the 2016 public health legislation highlights.

Grant from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust will assist health programs in two rural North Carolina counties

Thanks to a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, two neighboring counties in eastern North Carolina can use data analysis and visualization to enhance public health programs, reduce duplicate efforts and more efficiently serve their populations. Read the complete article.

Cafeteria service line with broccoli and sweet potato fries.

NCIPH analyzed data from hospital and federal worksite cafeterias as they implement healthy food guidelines. Photo by Amanda Mills, USCDCP.

Implementing Healthier Foodservice Guidelines in Hospital and Federal Worksite Cafeterias: Barriers, Facilitators and Keys to Success

Read about this study, including success stories highlighting the experiences of individual cafeteria operators.

May 2016 Impact

Read the May issue of Impact, NCIPH’s newsletter, for stories on field data collection, evidence-based public health training, and more! Read Impact now.

Advocacy for Leaders: Crafting Richer Stories for Public Health

nciph-las-spotlightIn the article, Advocacy for Leaders: Crafting Richer Stories for Public Health, authors from the School — Gene Matthews, JD (Senior Investigator, NCIPH), Edward L. Baker, MD, MPH (Adjunct Professor, HPM) and Sue Lynn Ledford, DrPH, MPA, BSN, RN (UNC alumna and Wake County Public Health Director) — along with Scott Burris, JD (Temple University) demonstrate that values cited in moral foundations theory research can help public health leaders develop messages to reach broader audiences of conservatives and liberals.  This article, available here online, was published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice on March 28, 2016.

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Preparedness Coordinator 101 training held

nciph-pc101-classOn January 14, the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Responses Learning Center program at NCIPH partnered with the NC Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch Central Regional Office to host a Preparedness Coordinator 101 training in Pittsboro. Sixteen participants from local and state health departments and one healthcare system attended the orientation led by NCIPH staffer Kasey Decosimo. The training focused on the supporting infrastructure for public health preparedness at the federal and North Carolina state level, strategic planning to achieve public health preparedness capabilities, and key partners for local public health preparedness planning.

37th Annual Minority Health Conference

Register Now: The 37th Annual Minority Health Conference will be Feb. 26, 2016 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. This year’s conference, “In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice,” features keynote speakers Dr. Crystallee Crain and Miriam Zoila Pérez, as well as breakout sessions and an interactive skill building workshop. Register by February 5, visit

School’s online learning makes knowledge accessible, translatable around the world.

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nciph-bts-podcastNew Gillings Global Gateway™ and NCIPH podcast, “Public Health Behind the Scenes,” is featured on the American Schools and Programs of Public Health website.

View it here.

Gene Matthews interview at APHA Conference
NCIPH’s Gene Matthews featured on APHA TV discussing critical need for public health advocacy.

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Dr. Rachel Wilfert

Dr. Rachel Wilfert

NCIPH’s Wilfert part of interdisciplinary team to examine health-care education

Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH, training and technical assistance manager at the Gillings School’s N.C. Institute for Public Health, is a member of an interdisciplinary faculty team that has been awarded three years of funding as a Carolina Seminar on the topic, “Closing the Gap in Health-care Education.” Read more.

Seminar: Evaluating program impact with network analysis

Christine A. Bevc, PhD, MA, NCIPH
May 21, 2015
More information and registration

Impact of the economic recession on public health outcomes

Two new research briefs and a journal article share project results on the impact of the economic recession on public health outcomes in NC:

Measuring community health outcomes: new approaches for public health services research

New methods and measures to assess the impact of the economic recession on public health outcomes: Study implications

Building the Evidence for Decision-Making: The Relationship Between Local Public Health Capacity and Community Mortality (AJPH 2015)

Read the April 2015 issue of IMPACT: NCIPH’s newsletter:

  • Campaign to Increase STD testing in Vance County
  • Updated Introduction to Public Health in North Carolina training series
  • The Institute: Born to Collaborate

Burke County Health Department achieves national and state accreditation

Congratulations to Burke County Health Department for achieving accreditation through the national Public Health Accreditation program, modeled after North Carolina’s Local Health Department Accreditation program. Read more

Institute staff published in AJPH

Two researchers, Anna Schenck, PhD, MSPH (NCIPH Director) and Christine Bevc, PhD (Epidemiologist Research Associate), published articles in the current issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Anna Schenck


Institute receives award to promote selection of healthy foods

Dec. 17, 2014

NCIPH recently won a $135,000 award to identify and assess different marketing strategies and behavioral designs in hospitals and full-service grocery stores to improve consumer selection of healthy foods and beverages. Read more

New case study on Methods for Community Health Assessments

Oct. 20, 2014

The National Network of Public Health Institutes released a new case study developed by NCIPH: CASPER Methods for Community Health Assessments: A North Carolina Case Study. It focuses on the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) method for primary data collection. View the archived case study webinar.


Hazel Moore

Hazel Moore

Hazel Moore receives NCPHA distinguished service award

Sept. 26, 2014

Hazel Moore, MSN, RN, retired workforce development associate with the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, received the Distinguished Service award at the North Carolina Public Health Association Annual Conference on September 18 in Wilmington. Read more.

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